Created: 12/28/11 (Wed) | Topic:
Report confirms what farmers have been saying
A recent report from the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service confirms what farmers have been saying for a while now: there are fewer growers, but they are producing more while using fewer chemicals and less land, labor and water.
The report credits new technology-driven production practices, like precision agriculture, with this increase in productivity and decrease in environmental impacts.
Farmers and ranchers are also relying more on contracting and shifting to partnerships and corporations, allowing risks to be spread over a wider set of stakeholders, according to ERS’ “The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming.”
Although production has shifted to larger farms over the past 25 years, 97 percent of all farms remain family farms generating more than 85 percent of the total value of U.S. agricultural production, the report said.
Read the ERS report: “The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming”